If you’ve lived in Israel for some time now or follow the videos coming out of Israel’s military that circulate online, you’d be no stranger to those bright lights that illuminate the sky like Chinese sky lanterns. Yup, they’re pretty to look at, alright, but those aren’t lanterns. They’re actually Israel’s Iron Dome.

No, they’re not some Israeli fireworks. It’s one of Israel’s reliable air defense systems that can be comparable to the United States’ Phased Array Tracking Radar to Intercept on Target (PATRIOT) and Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) systems. Comparable and similar, but altogether serve different purposes.

With Israel always in a constant threat of missile and rocket attacks from the Palestinian Hamas and possibly even the Houthi rebels from Yemen, especially with their recent attacks on the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the system has served its country well, boasting about an 85% to 90% success rate in defending against incoming missiles.